Strawberry Banana Bread and Childhood Friends

Posted on July 18, 2011

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Another summer weekend has come and gone and I feel like time is really flying.  I spent this past weekend in Philly for a bachelorette party and bridal shower for one of my best friends since fourth grade.  One of my favorite things about weddings is the series of events where you get to be with a group of friends who wouldn’t normally be in one place.  Seeing a half dozen girls that I’ve known since elementary school and catching up on life was so nice.  The most amazing part is that we can all do such different things with our lives but still come back to the same place and connect.  The group of girls (or women I guess I should say now!) included a lawyer, a doctor, two teachers, a marketing coordinator and an assignment editor at a local news station.  We live in different cities along the east coast and are a range of single, engaged and married but still we have that same place in our hearts for where we grew up.

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This Strawberry Banana Bread is a post for the Secret Recipe Club.  If you haven’t heard about it before, the Secret Recipe Club is a community of bloggers that, once a month, picks a recipe from a selected blog to make and share on his or her blog.  It is a great way to find new blogs to read and see what different types of things people are making.  For this month, I was able to choose a recipe from Katherine Martinelli.  She has a wonderful blog with a ton of delicious looking recipes.  There are a lot of savory dishes I want to try, but for Keep It Sweet, I obviously went with a baked good.

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Thanks to several overripe bananas, I chose to make Katherine’s Banana-Walnut Bread.  The changes I made were to replace the butter with fat free plain greek yogurt, reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup, use all whole wheat flour, skip the walnuts and add about a cup of chopped strawberries as she suggested.  The bread was moist and flavorful.  It was a great way to use up some produce on the end of its life!  Check out Katherine’s blog and go here for the original recipe.

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Do you keep in touch with any childhood friends? How often do you see them?

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